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The Daily: Trade Focus Now on Bruins’ Ullmark; Yzerman Foresight

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It’s two netminders traded, and a couple more to go in the hot NHL goalie market. With Calgary’s Jakob Markstrom (to New Jersey) and Darcy Kuemper (to Los Angeles) moved Wednesday, Boston Hockey Now’s Andrew Fantuccio wrote that all eyes are on the Boston Bruins because they have difference maker goalie Linus Ullmark still to move.

Fantuccio believes that the Ottawa Senators are now the last and best hope to move Ullmark.

Veteran hockey writer Bruce Garrioch is reporting that the Senators are making “a  push” to acquire Ullmark who was the league’s Vezina Trophy winner in 2022-23. To read Garrioch’s story:

Fantuccio believes the Bruins will want at least a first-round pick and perhaps defenseman Jakob Chychrun as part of a deal.

The other teams that may be kicking the tires on goalie deals, even the Detroit Red Wings. GM Steve Yzerman said at the end of the season that he would look at any goalie deal that would upgrade that position. Right now, the Red Wings project to go into the 2024-25 season with Alex Lyon and Villie Husso as their top two goalies.

There could be other trade possibilities including Anaheim’s John Gibson. Nashville’s Juuse Saros has been mentioned but it seems as if the Predators will likely keep him.

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Red Wings Offseason

When the Vancouver Canucks gave Filip Hronek $58 million ($7.25 million per season) on an eight-year deal it validated Steve Yzerman’s belief that he would have a difficult time signing Hronek if he kept him. Imagine Detroit’s plight this summer if they had to sign Moritz Seider, Lucas Raymond and Hronek. Yzerman saw this coming. He was happy for the return on Hronek. He got a first-round pick that became Axel Sandin Pellikka and landed two other picks that became Brady Cleveland and Kevin Bicker. But the Canucks received a defenseman who plays well with Quinn Hughes. That’s uber-important to them.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: With two goalies already traded this summer, Andrew Fantuccio writes that all eyes are now on the Bruins. Linus Ullmark could be moved before the NHL draft.

Chicago: Nate Brown looks at whether it makes sense for the Blackhawks to pursue pending UFA Tyler Bertuzzi. He is still trying to work out a deal with Toronto. Chicago Blackhawks. 

Philadelphia: Jonathan Bailey lists three possible destinations for Cam Atkinson. The Flyers appear to be shopping him. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski lays out three possible draft targets for the Penguins at pick No. 44. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: Sharks make sweet deal to land Ty Dellandrea from the Dallas Stars. San Jose Sharks.